Lent - Day 4 – Hungering for Righteousness
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6
We can measure physical hunger by the discomfort in our digestive systems, the weariness of our physical strength and the lapses in our mental acuity, but how do we measure the hunger for righteousness.
Whether we acknowledge it or not we hunger at some dimension for righteousness everyday. Whenever we confront injustice, unfairness and things not being as they should be, in a world that is not in balance with itself and out of communion with God. In such matters we are hungering for righteousness.
But, there is still a greater hunger that Jesus is referencing here. It is the hunger of the soul to be right with God, to be in continual fellowship, possessing a heart of like-minded desires and passions, purposes and pleasures. When we desire at the very deepest part of our humanity beyond the physical passions to know and to love God with all our hearts then, that hunger for righteousness will be filled.
It is the work of the Holy Spirit to prompt that desire in us. The more we yield to that prompting the more hungry we become for the presence of God in us and for His will to be the final authority and fulfillment of our lives.
We are blessed because in hungering for righteousness we will be filled.